Pan Fried Potstickers (Chinese Dumplings)

Potstickers, called “guo tie” in China, are Chinese dumplings with ground meat, finely chopped vegetables, pan-fried and served with a spicy dipping sauce. Chinese potstickers are well-loved by so many people in the world. These are served as an appetizer, as part of a meal, or as a snack for really any occasion.

A photo of Pan Fried Potstickers (Chinese Dumplings)

A photo of Pan Fried Potstickers (Chinese Dumplings)

Potstickers are wonderfully tasty. I used pork for the dumpling filling because pork creates a more tender mixture than any other kind of ground meat. Combined with chopped cabbage and other delicious ingredients, the pork filling turned out fantastic and tasted just like the ones you would get from a Chinese restaurant. For the best flavor I would recommend: add salt in pork mixture instead of the pork + veggie mixture, coat veggies with oil when making the filling, and pour water over the dumplings when frying. Once cooked, these dumplings turn very crispy. They are really easy to make and simply mouthwatering!

Potstickers are irresistible. I would probably eat them all if they were in front of me. And homemade potstickers are always the best!

A photo of Pan Fried Potstickers (Chinese Dumplings)

A photo of Pan Fried Potstickers (Chinese Dumplings)

A photo of Pan Fried Potstickers (Chinese Dumplings)

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A photo of Pan Fried Potstickers (Chinese Dumplings)

A photo of Pan Fried Potstickers (Chinese Dumplings)

A photo of Pan Fried Potstickers (Chinese Dumplings)

Pan Fried Potstickers (Chinese Dumplings)

  • Prep time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Serving Size: 4


For the potstickers:

  • 1 package of Chinese dumpling wrappers
  • 1/2 pound ground pork (feel free to use your favorite kind of meat instead)
  • 1/2 pound purple cabbage, finely chopped
  • Some cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 small onion or 2 scallions, thinly chopped
  • 1/2 knob ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil, for the filling
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons oil, to fry

For the dipping sauce:

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons The Godmother (Lao Gan Ma) chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped scallions

Step by Step:

  1. Making the dumpling filling: in a large bowl, combine ground pork, egg, onions, ginger, soy sauce, salt, sesame oil, cornstarch and water. Mix well. Set aside to marinate 5 minutes. Then add in finely chopped purple cabbage and cilantro.
  2. Making the dipping sauce: combine soy sauce, Lao Gan Ma chili sauce and chopped scallions in a small bowl and mix well.
  3. Making the dumplings: spoon 1 tablespoon of the pork mixture into the center of the wrapper. Dab a little water with your finger and circle around the edge of the skin. Fold the wrapper in half over the filling to create a half-moon shape. Starting on one end pinch the wrapper tightly together. Proceed with this pinch method until the dumpling is completely sealed. Repeat the same for the rest.
  4. Cooking the dumpling: heat oil in a skillet pan over medium heat. Add dumplings in a single layer and pour in 1/2 cup of water, cover the pan with its lid immediately. Simmer over low heat, until the bottoms turn golden and crisp, about 8 minutes. Open lid and cook until water has evaporated, about another 2 minutes or so.
  5. Remove the dumplings from the heat. Transfer them to a serving platter and serve hot with dipping sauce.

Cheers! 😀


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  1. January 9, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    Beautiful presentation! The most artfully designed and shot photos of Chinese dumplings I’ve ever seen.

    • January 9, 2016 / 12:21 pm

      Chris, thanks for the kind words! These potstickers were wonderful–some work though but worth it. So glad you liked it!

  2. January 9, 2016 / 12:16 pm

    I’ve been playing with the idea of making potstickers lately. These look delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

    • January 9, 2016 / 12:23 pm

      You’re very welcome Maggie! I’m soooo glad it helps! Looking forward to your feedback. 🙂

  3. January 9, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Love dumplings! These look so wonderful and fresh!

    • January 9, 2016 / 12:25 pm

      Thank you very much Jasmine! These were so delicious, and easy to make, seriously!

  4. koolaidmoms
    January 9, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    I have wanted to make dumplings but have been afraid they were too difficult. We love them but I would love to have homemade ones. Thank you for making it look so easy!

    • January 9, 2016 / 9:56 pm

      Thank you! Yes, wrapping dumplings is not difficult. You just need practice to get better skills. And one more thing I like about this dish is we can make ahead of time and freeze. They will keep for 2-3 months if stored in the freezer. 🙂

  5. January 9, 2016 / 1:27 pm

    I love your beautiful pictures! I will try these, it’s difficult to find a really good potsticker in my town. Thank you for sharing:)

    • January 9, 2016 / 9:39 pm

      Thanks, Christina! They tasted just like restaurant made. Let me know how they turn out! 🙂

  6. January 9, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    I am going to try this recipe! It looks delicious, and I love pot-stickers 🙂

    • January 9, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      Thanks much Leyla! These potstickers were absolutely delicious! Certainly give it a try! 🙂

  7. January 9, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    Beautiful post, photos and recipe.

    • January 9, 2016 / 10:01 pm

      Thanks Hilda! So glad you liked it!

  8. January 9, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    Colourful and tasty. I haven’t made them in ages but you’ve got me thinking of making a batch soon.

    • January 9, 2016 / 10:00 pm

      Hahah thank you! So glad you liked it! Keep me posted.

    • January 9, 2016 / 9:07 pm

      Aww thank you! 🙂 It won’t disappoint you!

  9. January 10, 2016 / 3:22 am

    Oh Charlotte, these look so delicious. I really want to make them 🙂

    • January 10, 2016 / 12:02 pm

      Thanks lynne! They really are! Let me know if you enjoyed them. 🙂

  10. January 10, 2016 / 11:12 am

    I had huge dim sum brunch today, reminded how great Chinese dumplings are yet again. Yum!

    • January 11, 2016 / 11:56 am

      Thanks so much, Jin! I love dim sum and Hong Kong has the best dim sum in the world. Jealous! Hahah 😀

  11. cintron
    January 10, 2016 / 6:00 pm

    Looks very delicious 🙂 excellent photos, recipe looks very easy to make

    • January 11, 2016 / 12:03 pm

      Thanks for your kind comments, Cintron! So happy to meet you here! These were very delicious and easy to make, really! Let me know if you try it!

  12. Alisa
    January 10, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    These look delicious! Your photography is amazing too 🙂

    • January 11, 2016 / 12:08 pm

      Thanks, Alisa! These taste delicious too!

  13. January 12, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    Just looking at the pictures already makes me starving 🙂 Pork is always the best ^_^ at least IMHO

    • January 12, 2016 / 10:51 pm

      Hi Ria, thanks for your lovely comment! Yes, pork is so delicious and tender, always giving the best results possible! ^_^

  14. January 13, 2016 / 5:08 pm

    Dumplings of all kinds are always so good and too tempting. I’d eat them all if I’m not too careful.

    • January 14, 2016 / 10:25 am

      Yea, these are irresistible! Definitely put on your list of things to try! 🙂

    • January 14, 2016 / 10:29 am

      Thanks, Yvonne! Pan fried dumplings are very yummmmmmy! You should give it a try!

  15. January 15, 2016 / 1:52 am

    I’ll be honest. I am a little nervous about eating something that is purple, and that includes eggplant, but those dumplings look so tasty!

    • January 19, 2016 / 9:18 am

      Thank you John! You can certainly try using green cabbage instead. It would be very delicious too! Let me know if you try it! 🙂

    • January 21, 2016 / 6:03 am

      It’s my pleasure. So glad you liked it! Have a nice day!

    • January 21, 2016 / 6:01 am

      Aww thank you so much for the kind words. These were very yummmmmmy. Try it! Let me know if you like it 🙂

  16. January 20, 2016 / 10:31 pm

    These look delicious!! Thanks for posting 🙂

    • January 21, 2016 / 5:59 am

      Thank you! These were really good and not difficult to make. 🙂

  17. January 25, 2016 / 8:02 am

    Hi! I nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award! It is in my last post!

    • February 17, 2016 / 12:21 pm

      Omg! Thank you so much!!!! Just made my day! 😀

  18. February 24, 2016 / 2:03 am

    This looks great! Will definitely have to try it soon!

    • April 13, 2016 / 6:41 pm

      So glad that you wanted to give it a try. Sorry for my late reply. Let me know if you liked it. 🙂

    • April 13, 2016 / 6:39 pm

      Awww thank you soooo much! I have a huge passion for food & cooking~ And these are really delicious. Give it a try! 😀

  19. May 22, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    Looks delicious and finely created. Thanks for stopping by and showing some blog lovin’. A bit of a late response I know.

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